Japanese unionisation grows for first time in 30+ years
Japanese trade unions have recorded their first year of growth since 1975, up by 0.4%. The growth was led by impressive rises in the unionisation of part-time workers (up 13.7% to 700,000) and workers in accommodation and food services (up 11.2%). There are just over 10 million union members in Japan, most of them in JTUC-Rengo, the TUC’s equivalent. It’s all the more impressive due to being achieved in a recession with jobs being lost. However, the figures mean that the overall unionisation rate is still only 18.5%, way below the 1949 high of 55.8%. Want to know more?